LinkedIn Does Not Understand Its Data (and a Conference May 31 – June 3)

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When your requisition asks for a Bachelor’s degree, do you use the Degree filter in LinkedIn Recruiter? I used to but have now stopped. When you search for Bachelor’s, LinkedIn misses profiles like this: Here is what happens: LinkedIn has allowed members to enter their data in a relatively “free-form” format, but it fails to interpret the data correctly. It …

Finding Contacts via Custom Search Engines

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Google Custom Search Engines (CSEs)add much power to Google search. Based on Schema.org object definitions, sites can “tell” Googlebot that they have objects, like a Person object. The definition of a Person has tons of fields, but sites usually implement only some. CSEs can pull sites with “Persons” and narrow down to the presence of some fields or their values. …

Search Is Broken on LinkedIn – NOT, AND

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What is going on here? The operator NOT did not exclude – even highlighted – the word “recruitment.” I started running into this phenomenon a few weeks ago, but the output seemed random: sometimes, NOT was acknowledged, sometimes, ignored. Then I saw weird results without the NOT, but the NOT “deficiencies” was easier to illustrate on social media. My share …

How I Read Your Resume: a US Recruiter Notes

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Guest post from Julia Tverskaya Your resume provides that all-important first impression. Writing a good resume is not simple. It can and should take several hours or even several days. But the effort pays off. The purposes of the resume are: 1) to be selected for an interview; 2) to provide a conversation starter during the interviews. Everything you put …

YOE in LinkedIn Recruiter Demystified

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For years, I have been annoyed at the “years at company” , “years in position”, and “years of experience” filters in LinkedIn Recruiter. I get false positives like many other. For example, I search for people with more than one year of experience and see those who have only worked for eight months. I have filed it in the (long) …

The Rule of Three In Search

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It is like mushroom gathering. If you see a few mushrooms, you would look around for more. (It was a favorite family vacation activity when I was a child). If a web page has (about) three values of the same kind – for example, company names or email addresses – it will likely have more. There are two ways to …

Advantages of Inclusive Sourcing on LinkedIn

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Search is an iterative process. (It is the main reason for “Boolean Builders” not to “fully automate” sourcing – however, they can be useful for LinkedIn.) Search, review the results, reword, make wider or narrower, repeat. The process is both monotonous and creative. In a sourcing sequence, there are two approaches to take: Start narrow, e.g., put in all the …

War In Ukraine

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I have not posted any non-sourcing content before, but I want to speak up this time. The war in Ukraine is horrible. Children have died. Let us support the Ukrainians by donations. Here, your donation will go directly to the Ukrainian refugees (shared by a friend who knows the organization) – https://www.cashforrefugees.org Putin has started the war, not the Russians. …

Suddenly, Google Search Is Less Semantic

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Until about a week ago, Google provided us with synonyms and variations – “auto-stemming” – of every search term (unless we put it in quotes). It still does, but noticeably less so. Previously, searches like supervisor -supervisor -supervisory -supervisors gave us synonyms for the word “supervisor,” like “manager”. Now the search produces no results. Previously synonyms readily made it to …

What Is a Boolean String?

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There is no formal definition for the expression “Boolean Strings.” Recruiters and Researchers use the term “Boolean Strings” as a shortcut to advanced Google search strings (i.e., using operators) and, sometimes, searches on LinkedIn or other sites that allow a logical combination of terms. The word “Boolean” means the logic of AND, OR, and NOT. It was an essential part …